Researcher

Associate Professor Hazel Easthope

I am interested in urban consolidation and the human implications of the development, management, governance and planning of apartment buildings and estates. Housing is often talked of in terms of supply, markets and profit, but housing is not just a numbers game, it is also about the lived experiences of residents.

My aim is to bring a human angle to urban consolidation so governments and developers, in Australia and internationally, can plan best-practice, evidence-based, high-density housing for growing urban populations.

Having built a good reputation in this space, I am regularly consulted by industry, government and peak body organisations around the world. My vision is that living in an apartment is not a second choice to a house, but equal or first choice because apartments are built and managed in ways that bring multiple benefits and an excellent quality of life to residents.

My Expertise

Urban/Social Planning and Policy, Medium and High Density Construction Standards, Development Standards and Controls, Strata Title Developments, Sense of Home, Housing.

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Biography

Associate Professor Hazel Easthope
UNSW Scientia Fellow, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia
PhD (University of Tasmania), BA(Hons) (University of Sydney)

Hazel Easthope is an Associate Professor and UNSW Scientia Fellow at the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. She has qualifications in sociology and human geography and researches in the areas of urban studies and housing. She has a particular research...view more

Associate Professor Hazel Easthope
UNSW Scientia Fellow, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia
PhD (University of Tasmania), BA(Hons) (University of Sydney)

Hazel Easthope is an Associate Professor and UNSW Scientia Fellow at the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. She has qualifications in sociology and human geography and researches in the areas of urban studies and housing. She has a particular research interest in residential satisfaction and the intersections between mobility, identity and home. Much of her research focuses on the development, management, governance and planning implications of private apartment buildings and estates and the lived experiences of their residents. Her interests in this area span property title and ownership structures, estate governance and management, urban renewal and housing redevelopment, building retrofits and upgrades, and resident relationships.

She regularly consults with government, community and peak body stakeholders. This has led to invitations from a range of academic, industry and peak body organisations to present her research findings and provide policy advice.

Research:

Current research projects include:

Key words: Urban, housing, place, strata, apartments


My Engagement

In the Media

Easthope, H. (2013, April 15). Personal Oz- work and family. The Australian. Retrieved from https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/upload/TheAustPersonalOzHazelE15.04.13.pdf

Easthope, H. (2013, November 15). Strata law changes. The Singleton Argus. Retrieved from http://www.be.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/20131115%20Strata%20law%20...

Easthope, H. (2015, January 15). Home Building Amendment Act: Sydney Apartment owners say law changes are ‘draconian.’ Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/home-building-amendment-act-sydney-apartment-owners-say-law-changes-are-draconian-20150113-12n57u

Easthope, H. (2015, January 22). Unit owners beware new home defect act. St George Leader. Retrieved from http://www.theleader.com.au/story/2831269/unit-owners-beware-new-home-defect-act/

Esthope, H. (2015, June 17). Yet more strata legislation delays: Peter Chittenden. Property Observer. Retrieved from http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/peter-chittenden/43470-yet-more-strata-legislation-delays-peter-chittenden.html

Easthope, H. (2015, June 19). Speaking with Hazel Easthope on designing for high density living. The Conversation. Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/speaking-with-hazel-easthope-on-designing-for-high-density-living-37631

Easthope, H. (2015, November 3). Strata living stories: the hilarious and the hellish. ABC. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/strata-living/6905956

Practice

Joint Book-reviews Editor and board member, Housing Studies journal

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Location

Room 3045, Level 3
Red Centre (West Wing)

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Contact

+61 2 9385 6041
+61 2 9385 5935

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